School Learning Plan

Elmonica Elementary School

Our Story:

Elmonica is a neighborhood K-5 Title I school of 466 students.  Inquiry and workshop program models have been the heart of all instruction as is the overall philosophical approach to learning.  We believe that all students learn best through inquiry and inquiry-based instruction provides rigorous and engaging, ongoing opportunities to meet challenging state academic standards for all students including historically economically disadvantaged and underserved students.  Collectively, Elmonica staff reviews assessment data and trends over time that indicate the need for additional support for students of a second language as well as students with learning difficulties and social-emotional needs. 

Most second-language learners have experienced an integrated collaborative co-teaching model beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.   Instruction is aligned and includes some co-teaching in a classroom or a virtual classroom setting.  We have three full-time ELL teachers collaborating in 2 or 3 classrooms at each grade level to collaboratively co-teach and provide small group support for EL Learners. 

For students who require additional services, such as special education supports, academic intervention, or behavioral health and wellness support, Elmonica staff work in collaboration as a team to teach with the classroom teacher in the classroom or virtual classroom space as frequently as possible. Elmonica’s behavioral health and wellness team also supports students through home visits to offer technology and academic support as well as checking in on students' emotional health and well being during CDL.

We believe in order to make significant, efficient, and effective progress, teachers must effectively collaborate to provide seamless student learning support through collaborative co-teaching or an integrated approach.  Our academic intervention program follows a similar pattern in grades k-2.  Recent staff reductions have discontinued our capacity to provide this intervention support strategy at grades 3-5 at this time.  

This school year we have a focused effort on our students social and emotional wellness during comprehensive distance learning and a team working diligently to get and keep students connected and engaged in learning.   In addition, we have a robust Anti-Racist and Equity Team working to support the adult learning in the building and improving the anti-racist and equity environment in the classroom and the larger community. 

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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

WE Expect Excellence
  • WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
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WE Innovate
  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
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WE Collaborate
  • WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.